Many of us - especially the ladies - spend several hours before and after work scrolling through Instagram. 

The Facebook-backed social network has been rated the most damaging social network to young people's mental well-being.

Are you asking how?

According to a survey of about 1,500 14 to 24-year-olds, the social network causes feelings of inadequacy and anxiety.  

Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) and the Young Health Movement (YHM) published the report, #StatusOfMind, which gave the five most popular social networks net average scores based on ratings provided by young people.

Among the five, only YouTube was found to have a positive impact. Snapchat was ranked the second most harmful platform, followed by Facebook.

The survey asked young people to score each of the social media platforms they used based on 14 health and well-being-related issues, which were identified by experts as the most significant.

According to the research, young people say four of the given most-used platforms — Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram — make their feelings of anxiety worse.

The report says one in six young people will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives, with rates of anxiety and depression increasing by 70% over the past 25 years.

The report notes that the visual nature of Instagram and Snapchat is the reason behind the ranking.

"It’s interesting to see Instagram and Snapchat ranking as the worst for mental health and well-being – both platforms are very image-focused and it appears they may be driving feelings of inadequacy and anxiety in young people," Shirley Cramer CBE — chief executive of RSPH — said in a statement.